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I was given one of these Hohner CX12 Harmonicas for a XMAS present about 3 years ago,and since then i think i have used it about a dozen times.I may have had a Friday night one because i can't get on with it at all.I find it hard to play due to sucking in too much air.However it is easy to strip down to clean when necessary and quite a few people i know say that it is the best thing since sliced bread,so there you have it.I have 10 Chromatics and i have been playing chromatics for many years.My recent one is a Suzuki Chromatix which i bid for in an auction at a Harmonica Weekend meeting and it is the best one i have come across,it is very responsive.I also like my Hering.It all boils down to choice and cost and how you treat them,it's all up to you.You will hear a lot of contradicting reports.I hope that whatever you decide on will be the right one.Keep puffing.Eric33.
Does anybody on here use/own one? Are they worth the price?
I'm considering purchasing a chromatic & this seems to be a very good model; I'm thinking of a C Tenor (LC).
Any opinions about Hohner CX 12 chromatics?
Thanks, Andy, I’ll go check out the video. I bet trumpet has a lot to do with harmonica playing. I actually bought a cornet on a whim a while back because they sound so cool. I don’t have it any more, but they’re a lot of fun and I bet the video would make sense to me after that.
To follow up on Reed's suggestion, which I'm about to try out, I've been doing some tongue exercises for trumpet, which have helped me significantly with harmonica playing. It sort of builds on the triple tongue technique Reed talks about, but for a different instrument.
Doesn't directly apply, but it's strengthened my tongue a lot, even though I still can't triple tongue on the trumpet.
Here's a YouTube vid with some techniques to practise.
Hey, Reed, I just now tried it out. That’s a great description. Thanks!
I am looking at a *Quilter Aviator 8. It is 100 watts into a special designed 8" speaker.
It is solid state, but if you checkout what "Harpsucker" is doing with one in regards to
tone on youtube, well, it changed my views on solid state. I have been a tube guy since forever,
but at less than thirty pounds, but with a ton of TONE, I now must have a Quilter.
I see an Aviator 8 on E(vil)bay for less than $400.00. It has all the bells and whistles
you've stated, Quilter amps is the s^*t, check em out.
Anybody looking for a 71 Super Reverb 4X10, with a new tube job? A Garnet gnome
with a Weber 10pq w/Hdustcap, and 12" extension cabinet? They have to go to make
room for a Quilter.
I use my tongue for fast articulation. I use the area of the tongue known as the "H spot"
this is just behind the tip on top of the tongue. Mouth the letter H, now you know where
the "H spot" is. I breath the harmonica, using minimal force, I try consciously to not tense
up my embouchure in any way but to stay relaxed, with as light a touch on the harp as is
possible, yet still maintain a complete air seal with my lips. A good little practice tip to work
on for increasing speed is to do triplet runs from the scale you are playing (Major Pentatonic?)
Start on the first note of the scale and play the next two along with it as a triplet, dah, dah, dah,
then the second note of the scale along with the next two notes, you get the idea. I play them up
and down, slowly at first gaining speed incrementally as my muscle memory kicks in.
Hope this helps in some small way.
Hey, here’s a question… I’ve been playing fiddle tunes on the harmonica with the metronome for weeks now and have built up to a reasonable speed on several of my favorites. When you play fast, do you find that it sounds best to articulate notes with your tongue Or do you articulate rapid strings of notes mainly by using your diaphragm? Thanks in advance for any tips.
I lived in Beeston for three years back in the 90s. At least you'll have plenty of time indoors to practise.
First bit of advice is to have patience, give yourself time to master the basics.
Just a quick hello from sunny Nottingham, here in the UK. That's sarcasm, btw. Keen to learn the blues on the harp. Got a big river C on order so looking forward to seeing if I can learn both the guitar and the harp in parallel... Looking for good tabs and advice on technique... Cheers!
Awesome! thanks for the info!
Spent all morning so far tabbing out 'He's ain't heavy, he's my brother' by the Hollies. Now to make it a) interesting and b) bluesy. Bloomin'...Spent all morning so far tabbing out 'He's ain't heavy, he's my brother' by the Hollies. Now to make it a) interesting and b) bluesy. Bloomin' knackered. Show more
I enjoyed some of Mitch's videos and found them very interesting.
I used to use www.harptabs.com/, which is ok, but can be a little frustrating. But it's good for a start, glad you are noticing improvements.
If you go to the links part of this site there are quite a few. I tend to tab my own. It's hard work but pays off learning wise, but requires harps in all keys. At the moment follow tabs, listen to the originals and just enjoy as you do.
I've only had one book, Rock'n'Blues Harmonica from Jon Gindick. It's good, but pitched in a way that i didn't get along with. I got a 'Blues Harmonica for dummies' book from the library, and it was really quite good. Though by then, I was comfortable with much of the basic stuff. I've heard the normal 'harmonica for dummies' is also good. So I'd advise you to check them out.
Thanks for the info! Much appreciated. I've been having a blast so far, so I'm excited to keep learning. I've been following the Mitch Grainger lessons on youtube and they seem to be working pretty good. I'm working on the scale (holes 4-7) and my "you are my sunshine" is slowly improving! Woohoo!
Also, Do you know of any good sites for tabs? And/or books?